In an Emergency, always call 9-1-1
No Burn Ban in Effect
There is no burn ban in effect. It is legal to burn outdoors according to the by-law and the Ontario Fire Code. As always, be careful and take precautions to ensure both your safety and the safety of those around you when managing a fire.
When you plan to burn, you MUST contact the Township Office at 613-283-7478 during regular business hours.
Fire protection in the Township is provided by the Montague Township Volunteer Fire Department headed up by Fire Chief Miles Greer. The Department is made up of 25 volunteer firefighters. In addition to providing fire services to Montague, the Department also participates in the Lanark County Mutual Aid program whereby municipalities can call on the services of neighboring fire departments to help them out in an emergency.
Become a Volunteer Firefighter!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, please fill out an application and provide a resume. The application can be found here.
Burn permits are required for all open-air fires in the Township. Outdoor burning is not permitted in the subdivisions of Atironto and Woods.
A separate permit is now required for those who plan to have a windrow burn.
When you plan to burn, you must contact the Township Office at 613-283-7478 during regular business hours. There is no cost for this permit and it is not necessary to renew it each year. Permits accessed online must be filled out and emailed to the Fire Chief, who will then issue a permit number in a reply email within two weeks.
Every home in Ontario must have working alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas. IT’S THE LAW!
- Homeowners - It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every story of their home and outside sleeping areas.
- Landlords - It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law.
- Tenants - If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.
When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement.
- Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the low-battery warning chirps.
- Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are more than ten years old.
- Steam from the shower or cooking in the oven, stove or toaster can cause smoke alarms to activate. DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY. Instead, try moving the alarm to a different location, or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush feature that will temporarily silence the alarm.
- Carbon monoxide alarms will now be required near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.
Failure to comply with the fire code smoke alarm requirements could result in a $235 ticket or a fine between $50,000 and $100,000.
Smoke/CO2 Alarm Inspections
Montague Township Fire Department would like to help your family stay safe. As part of a community‐wide fire‐prevention effort, firefighters from the Montague Fire Department will visit local residents to inspect smoke/CO2 alarms, replace batteries or help install alarms. Help with a fire‐safety plan for your home is also available.
Appointments to have two firefighters visit your home can be made by calling the Montague Fire Department at 283‐7478. There is no charge for this service.
Each year, generally around the middle of September, the Montague Volunteer Fire Department holds a Pit Barbecue Fundraiser for the public at the township hall, 657 Rosedale Road South. This famous pit barbecue offers delicious beef and pork cooked overnight in a large pit, so be sure to check the August Montague Newsletter or online for date and ticket information.
Please be advised that the Chief Fire Official has the authority to enforce the Fire Code within his or her jurisdiction and should be contacted prior to implementing any opinion expressed here.